Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree in Science or related field

Minimum Experience: 3-5 years

Website: mountvernonschool.org

Founded in 1972, The Mount Vernon School is a leading private school of inquiry, innovation, and impact.

Anchored in Christian values — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control — relationships at Mount Vernon are foundational to learning. Preparing students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders calls us to lean into inclusion, diversity, equity, and action.

Creating and cultivating connections between all people, ideas, and sectors, the School welcomes all learners to wrestle with voices and perspectives that challenge our assumptions, biases, stereotypes, and privileges. Not allowing our differences to divide us requires each of us to engage in honest, vulnerable, and courageous conversations through empathy, reflection, examination, and action. Being real agents of change is a continuous journey.

Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, our trust in each other strengthens our sense of identity, autonomy, and interdependence. As a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact, we are committed to creating and sustaining a school culture where all members feel valued and safe, sharing their authentic selves to design a better world…together.

Summary

Mount Vernon’s Upper School seeks a versatile, dynamic and forward-thinking educator to join an already outstanding team. This individual will work with colleagues within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and other disciplines to develop authentic, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary, inquiry-based learning experiences. Start date flexible.

All faculty members will serve as an advisor and will contribute to the broader life of the School through coaching and/or sponsoring extracurricular programs. Ability to teach one or more of the following is desirable: Anatomy & Physiology, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Also, ability and desire to integrate with maker, design, and engineering spaces is a priority.

Role & Responsibilities 

This individual will:

  • Report directly to the Head of Upper School and work closely with the US Head of Learning and Innovation, as well as with a STEM (Science) Learning Architect and other members of the leadership team
  • Be a curious and collaborative educator, dedicated to facilitating and encouraging the growth of students and colleagues
  • Provide meaningful instruction in a Upper School Science/STEM courses using a variety of research-based and innovative teaching methods
  • Collaborate with faculty across disciplines to facilitate interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and project-based learning experiences
  • Possess strong character with an absolute drive for excellence, a team-oriented spirit, and a commitment to meeting the learning and social-emotional needs of students
  • Demonstrate a high level of competency in multiple Mount Vernon Mindsets (Collaborator, Communicator, Creative Thinker, Ethical Decision-Maker, Innovator, and Solution Seeker).
  • Embody and advance the mission, vision, and norms of the School

General Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Knowledge of the curriculum of courses being taught and of those throughout the science program
  • Commitment to our Competency Based Education system through Inquiry Based Learning experiences
  • Serve as a steward and partner in advancing the work described in our IDEA statement
  • Create well­-planned, backwards-designed nine week units with a focus on problem solving, and application
  • Collaborate across disciplines regularly to create rich, project-based learning experiences for students
  • Maintain accurate and comprehensive records of each student’s performance and progress
  • Nurture the social and emotional needs of each student
  • Provide effective and timely verbal and written communication with parents pertaining to a child’s progress and needs as well as general information (through phone calls, newsletters, conferences, and progress reports)
  • Maintain a collaborative, flexible and interactive learning environment and culture for all students
  • Collaborate with colleagues in lesson planning as well as work on school wide goals
  • Actively seek out and participate in professional growth opportunities within the school and beyond
  • Create differentiated learning opportunities to match the needs of each student
  • Serve as a member of one of our Research, Design and Iteration teams working toward school wide goals
  • Fulfill duties as assigned (e.g. lunch, enrichment and carpool)
  • Be a curious and collaborative educator, dedicated to facilitating and encouraging the growth of students and colleagues
  • Possess strong character with an absolute drive for excellence, a team-oriented spirit, and a commitment to meeting the learning and social-emotional needs of students
  • Embody and advance the mission, vision, and norms of the School
  • Demonstrate a high level of competency in multiple Mount Vernon Mindsets (e.g. Creative Thinker, Solution Seeker, Ethical Decision-Maker, Innovator, Collaborator, Communicator)

Current Pedagogical Influences include:

  • Competency-Based Education and Standards-Based Grading
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Understanding by Design
  • Stanford University Design Thinking
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero and Visible Thinking Routines
  • Comprehensive focus on knowledge, skills, and dispositions
  • Neuroscience and human development
  • Social and Emotional Learning

Requirements

  • Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in Science or related field
  • Teaching experience
  • Proficiency with technological tools and platforms

The faculty and staff of The Mount Vernon School believe the fair and equitable treatment of employees is critical to fulfilling its mission and purpose. It is the policy of The Mount Vernon School is to conduct business and provide equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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